ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday summoned the US Ambassador to Foreign Office and lodged a strong protest over the missile strikes by American spy planes inside Pakistani territory including the latest and the first one on settled Bannu district. "US Ambassador Anne W Patterson was called to the Foreign Office and the Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir lodged a strong protest on the two missiles fired by the US drone on a residential compound in Bannu on Wednesday," said the Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq while addressing his weekly press briefing here. "Foreign Secretary conveyed Pakistan's strong condemnation to the US Ambassador on the missile attack and the loss of life and property caused by it," he said. He said the Foreign Secretary emphasised that continued drone attacks undermined public support for government's counter-terrorism efforts while asking for halt to missile strikes. "The Ambassador assured that Pakistan's concern and position would be conveyed to the US government," Sadiq said. "The European allies of the US were not on board with Washington's decision on these attacks. They have demanded a stoppage of these attacks," he said. He said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a statement made a couple of weeks ago said that there seemed to be an institutional disconnect within the US. "The Foreign Minister's statement was made after the US army leadership assured us that Pakistan's sovereignty will be respected but the US Special Forces continued their missile attacks in our territory," he said. When asked about the possibility that Pakistan would take the issue of drone attacks to the UN and whether UN Charter provided any such option to Pakistan, Sadiq said Pakistan was talking to the US at bilateral level because it had decided to follow that path. "The attacks in Pakistan territory are violation of sovereignty and, therefore, violation of International Law. The question of options available is speculative and I would not go there," he said. To a question he said that the media reports about secret agreement between Islamabad and Washington on drone attacks were unfounded. "There is no understanding like "Don't ask, don't tell" between Pakistan and the United States about drone attacks," he said. Answering a query on the elections in Indian Kashmir, the spokesman said those could not be construed as authentic expression of the real aspiration of Kashmiri people. He said the elections in Occupied Kashmir had been boycotted by the APHC. The top APHC leadership had been either arrested or detained, he added. He said Pakistan had underscored the need for associating the true representatives of Kashmiri people with the Pakistan-India process on Jammu and Kashmir. To another question, he said certain logistic issues had slowed down the intra-Kashmir trade. He said the two sides were working to overcome the issues that were dampening commercial exchanges. In reply to a query, he said both Pakistan and Iran were committed to Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) Gas Pipeline Project and currently discussing the pricing mechanism. He said there was an invitation to President Asif Ali Zardari to visit Iran but no date had yet been finalised for the important trip. In his opening statement, Sadiq said the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband would visit Pakistan on Wednesday next for exchange of views with Pakistani leadership on the regional situation, particularly developments in Afghanistan and the common fight against terrorism and extremism. "Miliband is expected to call on President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and hold in depth discussions with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He will also call on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani besides meeting other high officials," he said. He said the two sides would also review progress with regard to the 'Friends of Democratic Pakistan Forum'. About Dr Aafia's case, he said in view of the forensic report and comments of the court about her health conditions, it was all the more important that she should be repatriated to Pakistan immediately. "Aafia's return to Pakistan will greatly facilitate her speedy rehabilitation," he said. He said the defence counsel of Dr Aafia had told Pakistan's embassy in Washington that the forensic evaluation report would be shared with the embassy after permission of the court. To another query, Sadiq said Pakistan and the United Nations were very close to a final announcement about probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He said Pakistan was interested in the probe through the world body, as it would bring credibility to the findings. He said President Asif Ali Zardari would pay a two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates from Monday next. "The visit is aimed at a comprehensive up-gradation of Pakistan's relations with the UAE with a focus on establishing a strategic and economic partnership between the two countries," he said.